Official: Ravens edge rusher undergoes season-ending surgery

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Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker, David Ojabo, was placed on Injured Reserve all the way back on Sep. 30th with the franchise looking at a potential season-ending knee injury impacting the sophomore. The worst possible news took some weeks to arrive, but they did once and for all on Monday.

Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that Ojabo recently underwent surgery to repair a partially torn ACL, thus forcing him out for the remainder of the season as he recovers from the operation.

Harbaugh, however, sounded optimistic about Ojabo's recovery and he anticipates his return to action in time for next summer's training camp. That, of course, won't be quick enough to help the team in the postseason if they make it there.

The 23-year-old sophomore, a second-round pick in the 2022 draft from Michigan, will try to finally break out in 2024 after failing to do so in back-to-back years to start his injury-loaded pro career.

Harbaugh revealed that Ojabo's desire was to play through the injury, although the coach made clear that medical experts from inside and outside the Ravens organization advised against it considering the potential career-altering risks.

Harbaugh stressed the importance of prioritizing Ojabo's long-term career over short-term gains, let alone under the current overperformance of the Ravens' defense and the pass rushers of the team, which simply makes Ojabo unnecessary at this point.

In his three-game stint with the Ravens this season, Ojabo showcased promise completing six tackles, a sack, and forcing a fumble. Alas, he went down soon and never returned, being now gone for the full year.

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Ravens' defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, who also coached Ojabo at Michigan, also spoke on Monday saying Ojabo is "going to have a great career."

Here's hoping Ojabo can properly rehab and recover from his injury in time for the 2024 regular season starting next September!

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